Who was Jonathan Karl and what happened to him?? Know The Fact brings you the answers to these burning questions of today. Jonathan Karl is a popular figure in the American media. He is the Chief Washington Correspondent for ABC News and the co-anchor of This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Karl is an author who has written well-known works such as The Right to Bear Arms: The Rise of America’s New Militias in 1995; Front Row at the Trump Show 2020, just before the COVID pandemic hit the world; and Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show is Jonathan Karl’s book Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show was named the number one political book of 2021 by Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia. Jonathan Karl is an ABC News correspondent, yet he has frequently appeared on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News. This is due to his being a well-known book author.
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Jonathan Karl has reportedly tested positive for COVID after attending the White House Correspondents’ dinner. The dinner was held at the Washington Hilton Ballroom on the 30th of April. There were roughly 2600 attendees at the event. It has been reported that most of the guests at the White House Correspondents’ dinner were maskless. Jonathan Karl received the Whitehouse Correspondent Award for “Excellence in Presidential Coverage Under Deadline Pressure”. Karl interacted and shook hands with the President of the United States, Joe Biden, and numerous others. Karl also reportedly sat next to Kim Kardashian. He also sat in close proximity to Pete Davidson. Anthony Fauci did not attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.
The event was attended by celebrities, including Drew Barrymore, Gayle King, Martha Stewart, and Brooke Shields, just to name a few. The event was also attended by the host of the “Daily Show,” Trevor Noah. Noah had joked that the White House Correspondents’ dinner would be the “nation’s most distinguished super-spreader event”. Even though there is no exact number of people known to have contracted the virus, it has been reported that days after the White House Correspondents dinner, several staff members from news organizations such as CNN, NBC News, ABC News, and other news organizations tested positive for COVID-19.
Steven Portnoy on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
The White House Correspondents Association President Steven Portnoy said the number of cases he knew about was in the “single digits”. Portnoy further claimed that they publicised their protocols and encouraged eligible candidates to get booster shots in the weeks leading up to the White House Correspondents’ dinner.
According to him, the event enforced protocols that went above and beyond any guidance or regulations issued by the CDC (Centres for Disease Control) or the DC health department. Portnoy went on to say that they wished everyone who was sick a speedy recovery.
It has been said that the WCHD made same-day testing and a vaccination requirement for everyone attending the White House Correspondents’ dinner a requirement. Karl was tested by the White House as a precaution “hours before he was on the stage”.
The Gridiron Club Dinner.
Comparisons were made between the White House Correspondents’ dinner and the Gridiron Club Dinner, which was held in early April. The Gridiron Club Dinner became an event responsible for the massive spread of the coronavirus with more than 70 attendees being infected. The attendees who were infected with the virus included Attorney General Merrick Garland and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.
The event at the Gridiron Club Dinner required attendees to only have a vaccination record and not a same-day negative test. Trevor Noah took a jab at the attendees and said, “No, for real, people, what are we doing here? Let’s be honest, what are we doing? Like, did none of you learn anything from the Gridiron dinner?
People on social media have said that big events are now taking place all over the United States and it was unfair to specifically single out the White House Correspondents Dinner and make a big deal out of it.
The current situation
A person familiar with the incident has reported that Karl had tested COVID positive on Monday night, but on Saturday afternoon he tested negative before the White House Correspondents Dinner by medically-supervised staff. He showed no symptoms of the virus on Saturday. A source has said that Karl is now currently isolating and participating in contact tracing.
Controversies involving Jonathan Karl
Jonathan Karl was involved in a controversy in May of 2013. Jonathan Karl is said to have written an article in which he claimed he was quoting directly from an e-mail sent by a White House advisor. It was later clarified that the quote was inaccurately attributed to Jonathan Karl by an unnamed source and that he himself had never seen the e-mail. Nonetheless, Karl apologised for the error. He also apologised for not having stated that the quote was taken from a detailed summary that his source provided, rather than a quote directly taken from the e-mail.
Jonathan Karl was again under fire when he “slammed” Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts after posting a picture of him on Twitter without a mask before the United States President Donald Trump’s press conference. Karl tweeted that “almost everybody in the Rose Garden was wearing a mask—almost everybody”. John Roberts retaliated by saying that when the press conference began, he put his mask on.
John Roberts tweeted, “Facts – I was quietly seated more than 6 feet away from the closest person (adhering to CDC social distancing guidelines). When the press conference began, I put my mask on. So – what exactly is the basis for this petty effort at shaming?” Jonathan Karl has reportedly said that he wasn’t shaming any person when he described the “extraordinary scene” regarding reporters wearing masks before the presidential press conference.